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Two Nanaimo men were arrested in Sooke on Tuesday afternoon after residents contacted police with reports of someone wielding a firearm in a vehicle.

At approximately 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4th, Sooke RCMP rushed to the George Lane area following reports of the firearm and a suspicious vehicle.

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Once in the area, police located the vehicle and stopped it in a residential area. Officers then noticed that the vehicle had been reported stolen from Nanaimo, and moved to arrest the three individuals in the car.

After the two were arrested, officers searched the vehicle and found a range of suspicious items, including a set of brass knuckles, a pellet gun, a small amount of meth, and balaclavas. According to RCMP, the pellet gun resembled a real pistol.

While three men were arrested at the scene, only two were charged with criminal offences. Police say that one of the men was a resident of the area who has mobility issues and was simply catching a ride home.

The two suspects were both from Nanaimo and were aged 29 and 28. They now face charges of weapons possession, possession of stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance.

The pair are being held in custody until their provincial court appearance.